This podcast is about life in the medical laboratory and discusses issues that are important to the people who work there. We also will give you tips and support for some of the unique challenges of working in the medical laboratory and in health care. Although each episode will have a laboratory slant to it, many people working in health care may find the information useful and relatable. We'll be talking to subject matter experts in their fields, such as lawyers, union representatives and physicians, using their expertise to help you. If you want to connect with us, ask questions or give suggestions for future episodes you can find us on Facebook and Twitter @csmls. The Objective Lens is the official podcast of the Canadian Society for Medical Laboratory Science (CSMLS), the professional society for medical laboratory professionals in Canada.

Episode 10 – Notes on a Podcast

May 2, 2017

In this last episode of season 1 of the Objective Lens, we take a minute to reflect on the development of this podcast.
In conversation with co-producer Michael Grant, we discuss highlights from previous episodes, chat about our creative process and plan for future seasons.

Episode 09 – Soap Boxes to Social Media

April 25, 2017

Do you consider yourself an advocate for the medical laboratory profession? You should. In this episode we discover how everyone can be an advocate and it doesn’t always include standing on a soap box. We speak with several CSMLS members who have used their voice to contribute to the advocacy movement on behalf of the professional community.

Episode 08 – Leadership and Latin Phrases for 200

April 18, 2017

Leadership is not the same as authority. In this episode we explore the topic of leading without authority, which is really about the art of influence. Take a listen and you might find that you don’t need that title, in order to be a leader after all. This week we talk to a writer well versed in the art of influence, explore the history of a Latin phrase and take an interesting tangent into the science of smiles. Oh, and there’s a couple references to Jeopardy too. Trust us, this will all make sense.

Episode 07 – Unwritten Rules

April 11, 2017

Do you remember the feeling of starting a new job and getting frustrated by the unwritten rules of the workplace. In this episode we are discussing workplace culture, specifically in healthcare. We talk to a dispute resolution expert on the current state of the culture in healthcare and we speak with an HR professional on the importance of defining the culture. More importantly, we learn how each individual employee is part of the solution when it comes to improving culture.

Bonus Clip: Lobby Day

April 4, 2017

The CSMLS team is busy in Ottawa today advocating on behalf of medical laboratory professionals. Here’s a quick behind the scenes look at lobby day. We’re back with a new episode next week.

Episode 06 – Oh the Places You’ll Go

March 28, 2017

Volunteering within your profession can be both personally and professionally enriching. Learn from several CSMLS volunteers and how their willingness to help have led them on a journey to unforgettable experiences, exotic places and lifetime friendships.

Episode 05 – No SOP for Getting Ahead

March 21, 2017

In this episode we take you on the winding path towards leadership. We speak with two senior lab professionals who both took very different routes when they moved from the bench into leadership. We highlight some tools needed for success and the potential pitfalls that can occur along the way. We also examine the need for organizational support for young professionals with leadership potential.

Episode 04 – Messy, Emotional and Necessary

March 14, 2017

Have you ever had to deliver negative feedback to a coworker? Or tell someone their behaviour needs to change? Have you had to speak to someone about their work performance? These are not pleasant conversations. In this episode, we tackle the process of having a Difficult Conversation. We spoke with experts who give their best tips for having an open and honest conversation, even when the topic might be challenging. We also spoke with several Lab Managers, who spoke about their own experiences and give their best advice on having a difficult conversation at work.

Episode 03 – A Hazard Hiding in Plain Sight: Part 2

March 7, 2017

This episode is the second part of our two-part discussion on bullying in the workplace. In this week’s episode we look at how to know if you are being bullied, delve into the complaint process and explore how improving workplace culture can curtail bullying. We hear more advice from union representatives and speak with an employment lawyer on the legalities of this issue. We will also look at the duty of a witness when you see a colleague being bullied.

Episode 02 – A Hazard Hiding in Plain Sight: Part 1

February 28, 2017

PPE can’t protect us from the way we treat each other. In this episode, we will look at bullying in the workplace. We talk with experts to get a better understanding of how this issue is affecting health care professionals and why hospitals can be a breeding ground for bullying. We also take a look at one program that is doing its best to combat bullying.

Episode 01 – Plane Crashes and Hydro Explosions

February 21, 2017

In this episode, we take a look at workplace stress within the context of medical laboratories. We talk to a doctor specializing in stress management and give you some strategies for managing your own stress. We also look at what employers and managers can do to create healthier workplaces. We also speak with one LifeLabs manager about what he is doing to facilitate better communication within his team and how that helps alleviate conflict and stress.

Episode 00 – About This Podcast

February 20, 2017

In this episode, we introduce you to the official podcast of the Canadian Society for Medical Laboratory Science — The Objective Lens.